Roundstone Records was set up primarily to promote the artist Chris Meehan and His Redneck Friends.
Chris Meehan And His Redneck Friends
The band's next live appearance will be at this year's Sligo Live Festival in the Festival Club at The Riverside Hotel, Sligo on Sunday the 30th of October 2016 between 11pm and 2.30am (Doors 10pm).
The Carrick-On-Shannon Water Music Festival
The Band were live on stage at last year's Water Music Festival in Carrick-On-Shannon, Co. Leitrim.
In the Media
On September the 7th 2011 the band featured on RTE Radio One's Arts Show "Arena". They also played live on September 8th 2011 at Sandino's, Derry, and on September 9th 2011 at the Tivoli Theatre, Dublin. A great time was had by all! Check back soon for new events
Chris Meehan and his Redneck Friends is a band that embraces country music in all its many forms.
Chris Meehan and his Redneck Friends are a 10-piece country band who were founded in 1982, making their debut that year at the Ballisodare Folk Festival. Writing about them at the time, in In Dublin magazine, Finbar Boyle commented "After Christy Moore's set the marquee emptied out, with the result that most of the audience missed the best act of the weekend". Later that year the band performed a series of memorable concerts at the Project Arts Centre, in Dublin with special guest Mary Black (singing Country) performing with the band.
Throughout the 80s they appeared at many festivals throughout Ireland including the Galway Arts Festival and the Cork Folk Festival, as well as featuring as the closing act each year at the Clifden Country Blues Festival. Many illustrious guest artists such as John Prine, Mary Black, Mike Scott, Mich Hanly, Freddie White and Philip Donnelly performed with the band from time to time.
Having vanished from the scene for over a decade, the band made a welcome return in 2009 with the release of their CD "Dancing in the Kitchen" produced by Nashville producer Jim Rooney who along with Nancy Griffith, won a Grammy for her best selling album, "Other Voices, Other Rooms". Reviewed in The Ticket (Irish Times) the band's album was described as "an Irish album which, with some flourish, nails the essence of Americana".
The line-up consists of Chris Meehan, piano/vocal, Bobby Kelly, acoustic guitar/vocal, Eamon Murray, tenor sax, Brian Harris and Francie Lenehan, electric guitars, Percy Robinson, pedal steel guitar, Matt Cranitch ,fiddle, Gerry O’Connor viola/mandola, Ronnie O’Flynn, bass and Mick O’Connor,drums. The band, now augmented by three backing vocalists, baritone saxophone and a stunning guest vocalist in Michele Rayfus, also returned to performing in 2009/10 with knockout performances at the Ranelagh Arts, Sligo Live and Johnny Keenan Banjo festivals.
WHAT THEY SAID
"Chris Meehan and his Redneck Friends is the perfect festival band embracing many forms of music, including Cajun, Western Swing and a large helping of rock n' roll.... They line-up reads like Irish Music's hall of fame" - Rory O'Connor, Festival Promoter, Sligo Live.
"We found the band refreshing and exciting.... They captured our audiences' attention and their hearts" - Chris Keenan and Kathy Casey, Promoters of the Johnny Keenan Banjo Festival.
"The band had the crowd hollering for more at their gig in Mount Pleasant Tennis Club during the Ranelagh Arts festival. A very exciting evening. There is always a great welcome for Chris and the band here in Ranelagh" - Terry Connaughton, Artisitic Director, The Ranelagh Arts Festival.
(Above: The Band Appearing At Sligo Live 2009)
The Irish Times - Friday, September 3, 2010 Chris Meehan and his Redneck Friends JOE BREEN
Dancing in the Kitchen - Roundstone Records ****
This is a joyful love letter testifying to a devotion to country and blues from a bunch of rusty old geezers who clearly never have lost their gra for the music. Well marshalled by noted Nashville producer Jim Rooney, sharp pianist and legal eagle Chris Meehan and his crew skilfully negotiate country waltzes, western swing, cajun craic, jump blues, jazz and American standards coloured by a dizzying array of sharp solosby the likes of guitarists Francie Lenehan and Brian Harris, steel guitarist Percy Robinson and sax and harp wizard Eamon Murray. Meehan's song selection is bang on, ranging from the playful Diggy Liggy Lo to Percy Mayfield's profound Please Send Me Someone To Love. This is an Irish album that, with some flourish, nails the essence of Americana.
"Chris Meehan's characteristic exuberance is detectable right through this colourful collection of Country Music. There is a great natural feel to the songs and the recording carries the stamp of Jim Rooney's fresh, no nonsense production. Performed with affection and altogether charming, listening to it is a pleasurable journey" - Donal Lunny, Planxty, The Bothy Band and Moving Hearts.
"The hottest honky tonk band east of the Pecos" - Dermott Hayes, Hot Press
"As fine a bunch of musicians and entertainers as you're ever likely to hear" - Matt Molloy, The Chieftains, Planxty and The Bothy Band.